Welcome to the Yorkshire Branch of The Western Front Association. 

We meet on Saturdays at 2.30pm

Venue

The branch venue for our monthly meetings is easy to find, being in "The Hive" block of Manor Academy, Millfield Lane at Nether Poppleton. The postcode (for Sat Nav purposes) is YO26 6PA. 

Millfield Lane can be accessed off the A1237 (York's northern ring road).

 

Above: A street view of the venue, showing the ample (free) car parking that is available.

From the school car park go to the service road on the right hand side of the complex and follow the footpath past the cycle shed. Walk on for about 100 yards, and the entrance to the Hive is directly in front of you. Go through the automatic doors and turn immediately left up the stairs (a lift is available for anyone with mobility problems).

Above 'The Hive'

See map in the lower left area of this page for the location of our venue. 

We don't make any charge but request a donation on the door of a modest £4 which includes refreshments.

Car Parking

There is a large free car park on site. In the unlikely event that the car park is full, there is plenty of free off-street parking immediately opposite the school. 

 

Buses

The number 10 bus (out of York City Centre) runs every half hour and stops directly outside the school.

Refreshments

After the presentation, but before the Q&A session with the speaker, we have a break with refreshments available. 

Members and non-members of The Western Front Association are equally welcome.

Any new visitors are guaranteed a friendly atmosphere and a warm welcome from a group of like-minded enthusiasts.

The 2020 speaker programme is detailed below. No apology is made for the emphasis on operational history in the BEF in France and Flanders, which is the most popular type of talk. However, we do have a good selection of other presentations as well, covering social history, life 'off duty' and naval operations.

The programme includes a 'double header' event in May. This means the programme in May will start half an hour earlier than usual.  

As ever we have managed to book some highly respected and well known speakers as well as some speakers who are new to the branch.  

We look forward to welcoming you to our branch meetings. 

Upcoming Branch Events

The Gallipoli Effect on the Western Front: Clive Harris
11 Jan

The Gallipoli Effect on the Western Front: Clive Harris

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
11 Jan 2020 14:30
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

The Gallipoli Campaign can only realistically be described as a complete military defeat. From its conception, planning and execution through to eventual successful evacuation, a study of the campaign turns up error after error at the Operational level. Yet, as the last boats slipped their moorings, marking the end of Gallipoli, many of those who h…

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Not just trenches: some battles we forgot to remember
01 Feb

Not just trenches: some battles we forgot to remember

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
01 Feb 2020 14:30
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

On 11th November 1918, the day the guns fell silent across the Western Front, 908 British Empire soldiers died in 23 countries spread across five continents  From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the African savanna through China and Siberia, throughout the war British imperial forces fought many very different campaigns to those of their BEF cou…

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The 21st Division on the Somme: a talk by Derek Clayton
07 Mar

The 21st Division on the Somme: a talk by Derek Clayton

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
07 Mar 2020 14:30
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

The 21st Division took part in three phases of the Battle of the Somme. They attacked just north of the village of Fricourt on 1 July, capturing and holding the day's objectives. They then assaulted the Bazentin Ridge on 14 July before assisting in the capture of Gueudecourt in September. These three ultimately successful engagements did much to re…

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